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Mehbooba Mufti is a female CM of Jammu & Kashmir: Women are certainly not in a priority under her government

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By Syed Mujtaba*
Kashmir is one of the most long standing and unresolved issues and has faced worst human rights violations and crimes against humanity. Kashmiri people are suffering from torture, extrajudicial killings, mass murders, rape, torture, and abuse, exposition of unmarked graves, detentions and enforced disappearance.

Need of the hour: Hold Gujarat assembly elections scheduled in December 2017 with the Paper Trail method

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By Gautam Thaker*
In the recent elections held in Maharashtra, accusations were made about tampering with the EVMs. In the results of the District Panchayat and Mahanagar Palika polls, it has been revealed that EVMs had been hacked. In many places, large difference has been noticed between the number of voters registered and the votes counted.

Uttar Pradesh deserved what it wanted: People should be prepared to see how Yogi fulfills Modi's #mankibat

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*
Yogi Adityanath has been appointed chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. That shows the power of 'mobocracy' when we call it 'democracy' and paid thugs define it in their different ways wasting time of the nation and confusing people further. I am not surprised at the choice of the Sangh Parivar as they believe in building leaders for future.

ABVP working in cohorts with flag-bearers of progressivism to delegitimize Dalits' demand and struggle

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Statement by Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students' Association (BAPSA), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi:
The appalling pamphlet put out by ABVP calling for a protest outside CHS against Rajini Krish's death is absolutely uncalled for. We unequivocally reject the politically manipulative and conniving concern extended by the Killers of Rohith Vemula and Assaulters of Najeeb Ahmed. It is a dangerous sign of the future to come.

Battle 2019 is still wide open: Anti-caste, secular and social justice forces must unite on one platform

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*
After winning Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and losing other three and stealing two of the three states against all the ethical norms, the next agenda of the Sangh Parivar and their paid trolls is to target the leadership of the three parties... Started with Rahul Gandhi, who they continue to call Pappu with TV anchors have started doing it, putting aside all the decency which is required for the media.

Big powers, wide range of vested interests, military-industrial complex, playing havoc with lives of Syrians

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By Fr Cedric Prakash sj*
Syria continues to suffer and struggle. March 15th marks the sixth anniversary of the bloody Syrian war. This afternoon (March 14th), a bomb blast in the city of Homs killed one and injured several. On March 12th, a double bombing near a popular Shiite shrine in Damascus killed over fifty and scores more were left injured. Since December, the eastern areas of Aleppo have been evacuated, but the bombings continue.

Education needs a revamp not reversal: Why subjects like banking and finance have been replaced by Gita and Vedas?

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By Sadhan Mukherjee*
With the massive electoral victory of saffron forces in UP and UK, and the stitched up seat majority in Goa and Manipur, the intolerance level in our country is bound to increase. The arena of rational debate has already begun to shrink. Frank and open discussion is going to be more difficult.

You have challenged the Bishops and the Priests to “smell of the sheep”, to be true Pastors to the flock

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By Fr Cedric Prakash sj*
Wow Pope Francis! You complete four years tomorrow as our Pope! What a simply amazing period it has been for the Church, for the world, for millions of your admirers, for the Society and well, also for me! You have been able to touch all, in such fascinating yet deeply spiritual ways. You have been instrumental in bringing about the much-needed renewal; you have set the course for a new pilgrimage of trust with God! Your words are inspirational; your deeds are exemplary- motivating us all to do much more.

In UP elections solidarity aversive Dalit middle class met its ultimate deadlock

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By Chittibabu Padavala*
One of the worst hit in Uttar Pradesh elections is a loud rhetorical section that speaks in the name of all Dalits. And, it seems to be, happily, dumb-founded.
The very small Dalit middle class/ employee strata or even tiny elites, drawn almost exclusively from the relatively advanced and reservations-monopolising, Ambedkar-worshipping single castes in their respective regions (Mala, Pariah, Mahar etc.) from the very big Dalit populace (forming one-quarter of the Indian population) is curious in many ways.

Naliya sex scam is tip of the iceberg: What kind of International Women’s Day are we celebrating in Gujarat?

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By Dwarika Nath Rath*
8th March, the International Women’s Day, always comes in a year to make firm pledge for the rights of the women. The women all over the world come forward to raise voice against the discrimination of women, sexploitation, which has become the order in the era of liberalization, privatization and globalization or LPG.

Undeclared emergency enforced by governments at centre, states, also by aggressive army of “proud Indians”

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Several civil rights organizations have decided to hold a national meet of human rights defenders on March 22-23, 2017, at Rajendra Bhavan, New Delhi. The seminar has been organized by PEACE in association with INSAF, PCSDS, HRDA, others. A concept note ahead of the high-level meet under the banner “Reclaiming Rights, Asserting Freedoms”:

Why men in India, including ‘celebrities’, are still unable to respect Gurmehar’s audacity and forthrightness

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By Fr Cedric Prakash sj*
March 8th dawns every year! As the world observes International Women’s Day (IWD), there will be the usual round of cosmetic programmes, with speaker after speaker using the politically correct words and with the typically patronising attitude towards women.

Leader of Babri movement, Shahabuddin was disappointed with disjointed Muslim leadership around him

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By Firoz Bakht Ahmed* Former Indian Foreign Service (IFS) diplomat, MP, editor, “Muslim India” and a trusted friend Syed Shahabuddin, who was suffering from prolonged illness, died at a hospital in Noida, NCR, on Saturday morning. He was 82.

India’s attempt to ‘validate’ folk remedy perceived as insidious effort to infuse science with Hindu worldview

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By Sanjay Kumar*
According to Hindu tradition, Indian cows are not only sacred—they are also the source of a cure-all for everything from schizophrenia and autism to diabetes and cancer. That elixir is panchagavya, a drink made of cow urine, dung, milk, yogurt, and clarified butter prescribed by practitioners of Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine, and spread on fields as well to boost crop yields.

Gujarat riots 2002: Today, there are loud, shrill voices trying to legitimize what happened in those bloody days

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By Fr Cedric Prakash sj*
It’s fifteen years! How soon the years fly by. Some things however, are never forgotten. The memories are still fresh. The pain, the suffering, the trauma – though not visible – still lingers on. Only those who have gone through it know deep down, what it means to lose a loved one. That too through such inhuman brutality.